J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Pont Notre-Dame, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 66 Recto:
Pont Notre-Dame, Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 66
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘66’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 69’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a drawing of the Pont Notre-Dame in Paris onto this page. The stone arches of the medieval bridge span the central section of the page. Turner made several sketches of this section of the river in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of this bridge which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24684 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 119). This led to an engraving in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T04722. In earlier catalogues, the bridge on this page has been misidentified as the Pont d’Arcole suspension bridge, which peeps over the Pont Notre-Dame in the engraving.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Pont Notre-Dame, Paris 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-pont-notre-dame-paris-r1175323, accessed 17 January 2022.